The 4-H Show Lamb Camp was held in Forestburg at the 4-H grounds, June 22-23. 

Thirty-two 4-H members, ages eight to fourteen from eight South Dakota counties attended, including Sanborn, Jerauld, Aurora, Brule, Beadle, Lincoln, Charles Mix, McCook, and even Marion, Kan. 

In 2015, Jerauld County hosted a similar camp, and it was time to bring another one to Sanborn County. The instructor for 2018 was Chad Charmasson, Hennessy, Okla., and his assistant Trey Bates, Texas. 

Charmasson is a former vocational agriculture instructor and has instructed show lamb camps across the United States. The Charmasson family raises club lambs in Hennessy.

The 4-H members who attended the two-day camp brought one to two lambs with them for hands-on training, which included: fitting, clipping and showmanship. 

“Having the one-on-one instruction was huge,” Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor said. “This was a family atmosphere camp. Youth were required to bring one parent with them so moms and dads learned right along with the kids.”

Each child received a camp T-shirt as well as Weaver Livestock products to help them prep their lamb projects. Meals were sponsored by Thrivent with water donated by Santel Communications. Thank you to the moms and grandmothers who helped with preparing a meal and making delicious snacks.

The event was held a month in advance of area Achievement Days and the South Dakota State Fair, providing youth with a great opportunity to practice and hone their skills before they need to appear in the show ring. 

“The one thing I can’t stress enough is, keep learning! Become a lifelong learner and mastery will find you,” said Scheel. 

“Any project in 4-H allows for youth to dig deeper and become more involved in the process.”

To learn more about how your youth can become involved in 4-H, visit or contact Scheel at

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Minnesota State University-Moorhead (MSUM) held its Employee Recognition Luncheon on May 10, in the CMU Ballroom in Moorhead, Minn. 

Among those recognized was Dr. T. J. Hansen, formerly of Letcher, as the university’s recipient of the Excellence in Teaching and Research Award. She was chosen for this award from the university’s 346 full- and part-time faculty members.

Hansen was honored for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the economics seminar research course. Her students’ research has been published in peer-reviewed, undergraduate journals on multiple occasions.

In fall 2017, the Minnesota Economic Association and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis recognized her student’s research as the third place term paper among all colleges and universities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

As a Professor of Economics, she also teaches undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and public finance and graduate courses in healthcare economics and quantitative methods.

Hansen is the daughter of Janice Northrup and daughter-in-law of Thela Hansen, both of Mitchell.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Sylvester’s Sand Volleyball Tournament took place at the park by Lake Prior in Woonsocket on the Fourth of July as a part of the “Looney Woony” Fourth of July Water Festival. 

This year there were 14 teams who took part in a double elimination tournament and the last game didn’t get over until 10 p.m. that night after the fireworks had already started.

The team winning first place received medals sponsored by Santel Communications, and the team winning second place received protein shakes and other nutrition products from the new Max Muscle plant in Woonsocket.

A team from Mitchell named Holz and Polz earned first place and a local team calling themselves, Mean Kittys, earned second place honors.

…See pictures of the winners in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.